Talk About Sexual Violence: Kecia Meets with her Doctor

Talk About Sexual Violence: Kecia Meets with her Doctor


(Dr. Perez): Good morning Kecia,
it’s good to see you today. (Kecia): Good morning,
how are you? (Dr. Perez): I’m fine,
how are you feeling? (Care Provider): Well Doctor Perez,
my name is Debbie and I’m Kecia’s new care giver, and she seems to have infection again. (Dr. Perez): Thank you Debbie,
I appreciate you sharing that, but I’d like to hear from Kecia first. (Dr. Perez): Your tests show
you have another urinary tract infection. Let’s see if we can figure out
why this keeps happening. It’s all right, Kecia. You can talk to me,
I’m ready to listen. (Kecia): I don’t feel good, it hurts. (Dr. Perez): Is something happening
I should know about? (Kecia): I don’t know. (Dr. Perez): I’ve noticed you have
a large bruise on your arm – that must hurt. (Kecia): It really does! (Dr. Perez): Kecia, I’d like to speak to you
alone for a few minutes. Would that be OK? You can go to the waiting room,
Debbie. The nurse will call you back shortly. Joan would you come in
for a moment? Now, let’s take a look at the bruise. Tell me how you got it. (Kecia): I’m not sure. (Dr. Perez): You remember Joan.
I’ve asked her to join us. Is that OK? (Joan): Hi Kecia, nice to see you. (Kecia): Hi Joan. (Dr. Perez): You know Kecia,
people with developmental disabilities get hurt more often than other people. And it’s not their fault. They’re often forced
to have unwanted sex. I need to ask you about that now, even though I know
it’s hard to talk about. (Kecia): I know,
I think it happened to my friend. (Dr. Perez): I’m sorry to hear
about your friend, I hope she’s getting some help. I’m worried about why
you’ve had so many infections and how you got this bruise. Would it be easier to use a chart like this
to tell me what happened? (Kecia): I think so. (Dr. Perez): Point to any pictures
that show where you were hurt. (Kecia): Someone made me have sex,
but I didn’t want to. (Dr. Perez): When someone forces you
to have sex, that’s never OK. That’s called rape. (Kecia): That’s what’s been
happening to me. I hated it! But, I’m not supposed to talk about it.
I’m afraid. (Dr. Perez):
You are being very brave. You ALWAYS have a right to say NO
to any unwanted sex. (Kecia): But, I didn’t think
anybody would believe me. (Dr. Perez):
I believe you, Kecia. You can report the abuse
to your social worker, and to the police. In our community there are
crisis intervention services that help women who have
been sexually abused. (Joan): And here’s a card with a number
you can call for help. (Kecia): Thank you Joan. (Joan): You’re welcome. (Dr. Perez): Before we finish
I want to make sure you understand what we talked about. What do you remember? (Kecia): Rape is NEVER OK.
And it’s not my fault. There are people
who want to help me. (Dr. Perez): That’s right. Joan, please ask Debbie
to come back in and let’s make a follow-up
appointment in two weeks. (Joan): OK.

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